Redborne Upper School and Community College
Stephen George & Partners LLP
Jonathon Richard Associates
Parkway undertook the Design & Build of a New Performing Arts and Assembly Hall, complete with ancillary areas, student toilets, and common rooms.
The multi-use assembly hall doubles as a theatre, seating up to 450 people with full Audio-Visual facilities operated from a mezzanine control room overlooking the auditorium. Fully air conditioned, the hall features retractable seating, allowing the flexible use of the space. Acoustic finishes include larch battening over sound deadening materials, and a perforated roof liner system ensuring the best can be made from the Comprehensive audio system. Combine all of this with a six-metre-wide projector screen and top end projection equipment, the hall is immediately turned into a cinema. Architect designed internal finishes with distinctive detailing and decoration thorough, combined with high quality sprung Granwood flooring which provides not only a hard wearing and attractive floor surface, but one that is perfect for the multiple use this building has been designed for.
A light and airy sixth form common room has been constructed on the first floor. With curtain walling at each end, and a 9m by 3m rooflight, the area is flooded with natural light. When combined with the suspended acoustic baffles, these provide a peaceful study area for the students.
The ground floor corridor has been designed as an ‘indoor street’. With automatic glass doors each end, the corridor takes light from the roof light above, and provides a wide thoroughfare joining the north and south school. High quality toilets featuring Trespa cubicles and IPS panels lead off the corridor.
Externally, new footpaths are provided to the perimeter, providing an alternative route between the north and south sites.